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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Quick Hits

Sweet Talk

Open Book Event "Sweet Talk"

On Sept. 24, Brookhaven College's Open Book Events held a "Sweet Talk about Wes Moore" in Building X. Each guest was greeted with various giveaways, including a sealed plastic cup with a fun straw insert. Among the handouts was a collection of discussion prompts to encourage participation from everyone attending. The discussion ranged from personal narrative comparisons to general assumptions on facing life's difficult choices. One employee even related herself to Wes Moore's situation with having multiple namesakes. This is only the second Open Book event for the year, so keep an eye for those going forward!

 

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Free Concert

Free Concert Series

The first free concert in the yearly Coffee Concert series started on Sept. 24, with free coffee in the lobby of the Performance Hall. With an opening by Inga Knoll on future volunteer opportunities for students, the trio ensemble began a tour through Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with an Argentinian twist by Rivera Torres. The music was themed around the country's tradition with tango, and resulted in a very rich and soulful movement. Congratulations to The School of the Arts on the successful turnout.

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Zine Release Party

Zine Release Party

On Sept. 17, Daniel Rodrigue, Aaron Clark and the writers of the Brookhaven Courier held the fall 2013 Zine release party for The Windmill. The party took place in the Performance Hall Lobby, and the whole school was invited to attend. The guests listened to readings by the authors selected for The Windmill, and also enjoyed displayed art exhibits. Copies of The Windmill were available to those attending, as well as information on how to contribute to future editions. For more information on Zine publications, or to get ahold of your own copy, contact Daniel Rodrigue or Aaron Clark in the Communications Division.

 

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Service Agency Fair

Service Agency Fair

The Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement fall Service Agency Fair was on Sept. 18 with 26 agencies and an estimated attendance of 430 participants. This semester the Office of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement worked with the chairperson of the State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) to invite additional agencies to participate that are listed in the SECC approved directory as well as the community partners that typically attend the fair. The Other Wes Moore Open Book Project was incorporated when the SECC Chair recruited eight agencies to participate who were making an impact in the community in ways that related to that theme.

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IPS Event: From Russia to Boston

IPS Event: From Russia to Boston

The third Institute for Political Studies event for fall 2013 took place on Oct. 7. Guest speaker Dr. John Ishiyama, professor of Political Science at University of North Texas, spoke on the Chechen situation, in his lecture "From Grozny to Boston: Why the Conflict in Chechnya is Relevant to America." Ishiyama went over the history of the Chechen movement, from the war, to the kidnapping of people and stealing of oil, to the guerilla operations. He also tied the current situation in Chechnya to the recent Boston Bombings noting Americans should be more aware of this situation. After a lengthy Q&A with the audience, Ishiyama made a few predictions on the future of the Chechens, and how this would continue to affect the world.

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Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Student Life celebrated with a Latin American Heritage Festival in the International Courtyard on Sept. 19. The event included live music, foods from all over Latin America and educational information. Congratulations to the Office of Student Life on their successful celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast Club

Open Book Project Goes to the Movies

The Open Book Project had a two-part movie series in continuance of this year's selection, "The Other Wes Moore". The two movies, "The Breakfast Club" and "Rudy," each focus on subjects of stereotypes, assumptions and personal struggles. Accompanying these movies were talking points worksheets that assisted students in relating the choices faced by the characters in the movies to the struggle faced by Wes Moore. Both events were very successful, and pulled many students in with the smell of free popcorn drifting through the building. The Open Book Project still has may events left for the year. For more information, contact Anna Masters of the QEP.